1. New Season of “Rochester’s Rich History” Starts Sunday!

    New Season of “Rochester’s Rich History” Starts Sunday!

  2. New Season of Rochester’s Rich History Starts Sunday!

    Join us this Sunday for the kickoff to the Local History Division’s new season of Rochester’s Rich History! The series of monthly talks explore different historical aspects of our city, starting with Dennis Carr’s presentation on Mount Hope Cemetery. What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than learning something new about the place where you live?

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  3. New Exhibit in Local History!

    Join us as we celebrate Local History’s new exhibit, “Property of Charles A. Ritz: A Rochester Time Capsule”!

    Saturday, October 25, 2014

    Opening reception: 2 pm, Local History Main Hall, 2nd floor, Rundel Memorial Building

    Lecture: 3 pm, “Creating the Charles A. Ritz Exhibit,” Rundel Auditorium, 3rd floor, Rundel Memorial Building

  4. Murder and Mayhem at Falls Field! (revisited) →

  5. Click here to register.

    Click here to register.

  6. The American Folklife Center (AFC) at the Library of Congress is inviting Americans participating in holidays at the end of October and early November – Halloween, All Souls Day, All Saints Day, Dia de los Muertos – to photograph hayrides, haunted houses, parades, trick-or-treating and other celebratory and commemorative activities to contribute to a new collection documenting contemporary folklife.Between Oct. 22 and Nov. 5, AFC invites people to document in photographs how holiday celebrations are experienced by friends, family and community, then post photos to the photo-sharing site Flickr under a creative commons license with the tag #FolklifeHalloween2014.Share your photos

    The American Folklife Center (AFC) at the Library of Congress is inviting Americans participating in holidays at the end of October and early November – Halloween, All Souls Day, All Saints Day, Dia de los Muertos – to photograph hayrides, haunted houses, parades, trick-or-treating and other celebratory and commemorative activities to contribute to a new collection documenting contemporary folklife.

    Between Oct. 22 and Nov. 5, AFC invites people to document in photographs how holiday celebrations are experienced by friends, family and community, then post photos to the photo-sharing site Flickr under a creative commons license with the tag #FolklifeHalloween2014.

    Share your photos

  7. The Ghent Altarpiece is the second in the Art History Lecture Series,Wednesday, October 8, Noon-1. This is a free program but requires registration. Please register here.


    The Ghent Altarpiece is the second in the Art History Lecture Series,
    Wednesday, October 8, Noon-1. This is a free program but requires registration. Please register here.

  8. Learn to Weave on Beautiful Autumn Gourds. This Saturday, Oct. 4 from 1-2:30pm. Please register here.

    Learn to Weave on Beautiful Autumn Gourds. This Saturday, Oct. 4 from 1-2:30pm. Please register here.

  9. Save the Dates!!

    Leaves are changing their colors, there’s a slight chill in the air, and the days are getting shorter….it must be time for a new season of Rochester’s Rich History! Presented by the Local History Division of the Rochester Public Library every third Sunday from 2-3 p.m., this series takes an in-depth look at unique and often little-known aspects of the area’s history. From America’s first female aviator to the last union veteran of the Civil War, we’ve got your history covered!

  10. Join us for a new season of Rochester’s Rich History!

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    October 19, 2-3 p.m., 3rd Floor, Rundel Memorial Building

    "Form, Function, and Mount Hope Cemetery"

    Presented by Dennis Carr

    While intended to appear as a work of nature, Mount Hope Cemetery is Rochester’s greatest example of romantic landscape design. “Reading” this cultural landscape and its evolution reveals the social, religious, economic and intellectual forces that influenced the design of the cemetery, and defined the built environment of Rochester. A veritable museum of architecture, art, and landscape design, we’ll look at how Mount Hope Cemetery fits into the greater span of American history, culture, and design, and why it is still relevant today.

    Dennis Carr is a founding member and past president of The Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery. Dennis serves as historian for the cemetery and leads the popular Mischief, Murder, and Mayhem and Form, Function & Mount Hope Cemetery tours, to name a few. In his spare time, Dennis works for the Information and Resource Management division at the University of Rochester’s Edward G. Miner Library.